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Converging Worlds of Welfare?British and German Social Policy in the 21st Century$
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Jochen Clasen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584499.001.0001

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From unemployment programmes to ‘work first’: is German labour market policy becoming British?

From unemployment programmes to ‘work first’: is German labour market policy becoming British?

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(p.266) 13 From unemployment programmes to ‘work first’: is German labour market policy becoming British?
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Converging Worlds of Welfare?
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Jochen Clasen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584499.003.0013

Between 2003 and 2005 German labour market policy was subjected to the most far-reaching reform since the late 1960s. In many respects the reforms followed policies introduced in the UK and the gulf between the two countries was more pronounced two decades ago than it is now. The portfolio of active labour market programmes has become more similar over time and many German unemployed persons now receive social security provision which is akin to ‘British’ transfer policies. However, for persons with better-paid jobs and out of the labour force for shorter periods of time only, crucial cross-national differences remain. The chapter concentrates on developments particularly during the past ten years, as this is the period during which the contours of current British and German labour market policy have become increasingly clear.

Keywords:   labour market policy, unemployment protection, activation, welfare reform, Germany, UK

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